Office and Staff

Office Location
The CRA office is located in the heart of Immokalee at
750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, FL 34142 (Southwest Florida Works building).

The Immokalee CRA Advisory Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 A.M. Meetings are held at the Southwest Florida Works building 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, Florida, 34142.

You can reach CRA staff, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the contact numbers listed below.

Our new phone number is  239-867-0025


Donna Lumbert call 239-867-0026

Christie Betancourt 239-867-0028

Debrah Forester call 239-867-0027





Debrah Forester
CRA Director

Debrah joined the Collier County team in July 2017, coming from Charlotte County CRA where she was the Redevelopment Manager for over 13 years. Debrah has over 25 years experience in redevelopment, community planning, and economic development. She previously worked in Collier County from 1995-2001 and facilitated the creation of the Collier County CRA. Debrah is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is certified as a Redevelopment Administrator by the Florida Redevelopment Association and has a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Debrah welcomes you to email her at












Christie A. Betancourt
Operations Manager

Christie Betancourt accepted the position of Operations Manager for the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in November 2015.  She has worked for Collier County a total of 19 years, 11 with the CRA and 8 with Parks & Recreation.

Since coming on board with the CRA Ms. Betancourt has contributed significantly to the development of the established CRA.  In addition to her regular office duties at the CRA, Ms. Betancourt assists local Immokalee community members with logistical issues pertaining to grant programs and other governmental communication efforts.
Ms. Betancourt is an Immokalee, Florida native married with four children.  In her spare time Ms. Betancourt volunteers for local sports leagues and non-profit organizations and enjoys spending time with her family.
Ms. Betancourt is a 1997 graduate of Immokalee High School and she has a degree from Florida SouthWestern State College.  She is currently attending Florida Southwestern College.

Ms. Betancourt invites you to contact her at any time with questions or for information about the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency at


Donna Lumbert
CRA Management and Budget Analyst

Donna joined Collier County in September 2018 as the Management and Budget Analyst for the Bayshore Gateway and Immokalee CRA’s.  She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Finance but is currently attending FAU for her Accounting degree. Her goal is to obtain a CPA license.  Donna is married and has two daughters.  She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Ms. Lumbert invites you to contact her at any time with questions or for information about the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency at






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